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Friday, September 16, 2016

here, iknht, good boy

not at the met, but the brooklyn museum  --  Stela of Intef and Senettekh, ca. 2065-2000 B.C.E. Limestone, 11 3/4 x 13 15/16 x 15/16 in. (29.8 x 35.4 x 2.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 54.66. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 54.66_detail_slide.jpg
 What a treat to find an entire article on ancient Egyptian dog names (and a few other creatures thrown in!). It's in a Metropolitan Museum of Art publication from 1977, "More Ancient Egyptian Names of Dogs and Other Animals" by Henry G. Fischer.  Each name has a citation, and I would love to find images to match, though the article has a few.
You'll hear of Nfr (a common name), Hknw, Hknn and Hnf.
'Ikni is also a common name from the Middle Kingdom and later, though it seems to be a name that references Nubia.  Were they Nubian dogs?  Fascinating.
But wait, there's more!  Fischer notes these horse names found in battle scenes from the late New Kingdom: "Amun Decrees Valor for Him," "Amun, He Gives Might," and "Amun Has Given Might." Then, hold on, we get to the war lion (yes, I said war lion):  "Slayer of His Foes."

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